Word on the street

While McDonald’s has revealed plans to spend $170 million modernizing its restaurants in Georgia, Rome franchisee/owner Jim Aaron has revealed some of his plans for the East Rome McDonald's on Turner McCall Boulevard, which he recently purchased.

Supplies of O negative blood, the so-called universal donor, are particularly low across North Georgia and Blood Assurance, which supplies blood products to both the Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center, has put out a call for help.

The number of people working across Northwest Georgia hit an all-time high during the month of June, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Labor.  That's a good thing because the labor force is also growing which was in part responsible for the increase in the jobless r…

Rome's Ideal Meals, 874 Spider Webb Drive, has a new refrigerated van and has made plans to schedule regional delivery of prepared meal, starting with Calhoun.

The Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocate staff will conduct volunteer training programs Saturday July 14 and July 21 from 9 to 3 p.m. Both of the training sessions will take place at the CASA offices in the Restoration Rome complex at 1400 Crane St.

More than twenty local churches are partnering with Covenant Kingdom Pastors in the Rome area to bring nationally renowned pastor, author and dynamic speaker Tony Evans, to Rome Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forum River Center downtown.

The Rome Kiwanis Club annual peach sale is underway through July 17. This marks the 11th year of the popular fundraiser for the club, which uses profits to support a variety of programs to benefit youth in Rome and Floyd County.

Rome and Floyd County are celebrating National Pollinators Month with several events coming up during the latter half of the month. Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton said Rome was officially designated as a Bee City USA one year ago.

Stephens Music Company has settled into its new space in Central Plaza, 500 East Second Avenue in Rome. The company just moved from space in the Etowah Crossing shopping center off Hicks Drive in East Rome.

Little River Canyon National Preserve and Jacksonville State University’s Field Schools will conduct a bioblitz Friday May 18- Sunday May 20 to better document the ecological diversity of the park.  The main event is Saturday, May 19. Visitors will use the free iNaturalist app to record and …

Police dog training exercises will be held at various locations around Rome this week as part of the annual certification requirements both the dogs and their handlers. The United States Police Canine Association event will take place Monday through Thursday with upwards of 60 dogs and their…

ServiceMaster by Twins, a Rome-based provider of water, fire and mold damage restoration, has earned the prestigious Achiever Award, given to top performing franchisees in ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the country.

The Coosa Diagnostic Center has just completed the installation of a new Open Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging device at its medical office complex at 16 Riverbend Drive.

Berry College Associate Professor of Biology Renee’ Carleton will offer Romans information about the famous Berry College bald eagles Monday night at 6 p.m. at Oak Hill Museum. This program is the first in a series of programs that will accompany the Sanctuary at Berry Lecture Series with ph…

Southeastern Mills, has promoted Peter W. Hjort Jr., chief operating officer, to president of the Rome-based company. Linda Owens, outgoing president, will remain as chairwoman of the company.  

The City of Rome and the Downtown Development Authority will conduct a public forum Wednesday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to talk about the proposed changes to the parking ordinance in downtown Rome.  The forum will be held in the Forum River Center’s Riverwalk Ballroom. 

Daffodils, Bradford pear trees and the start of turkey and trout season have been the harbingers of spring in Georgia for many years. Since the state went to what amounts to a year-round trout program, a little of the luster of late March may have faded but many outdoor enthusiasts still loo…

Cars that have filled the parking lot at the old General Electric plant in west Rome just represented some of the contractors who are performing work at the large International Paper plant in Coosa.

The cold winter will eventually come to an end and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service is working with the Master Gardeners of Floyd County and the Rome/Floyd Yards and gardens Development team to conduct a series of special planting workshops.

Rome’s Kroger, 1476 Turner McCall Blvd., has joined the growing list of retailers offering online ordering of goods with same-day pick-up at the store. The Kroger service is called ClickList.

With a new grandbaby on the way in April, Jane Bosarge has decided to sell C&S Trophies, 7 Broad Street, the business name, customer list, website and most of the highly specialized equipment and inventory to Beaudry Engraving of Cumming, Georgia.

Todd Bussey, owner of Bussey’s Florist & Gifts, 250 Broad Street in Rome and Cedartown has merged with Ransom Floral Company, 5 East Fourth Avenue in Rome. Longtime Ransom owner/operator Mark Brewer will now partner with Bussey’s team.

4L Rodeo of Summerville and the Forum River Center will host the annual Three Rivers Invitational Bull Riding event at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome Friday and Saturday January 5-6.

The Colosseum Escape Rooms, 608 Broad Street, are slated to open Thursday, December 28. College friend turned business partners Spencer Thomas and Mark Ellison decided the high-tech adventure recreation was something that has been catching on across the nation and they felt like it would be …

The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce has developed a series of legislative priorities for the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Those priorities fall into the broad categories of transportation, economic development, education, taxes, community development and water.

The Spires at Berry College will hold an Open House Friday, December 8 to show off plans for the next generation of retirement living in Rome. The Open House will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Spires Information Center, 113 Broad Street in downtown Rome.

Remnants from the Dixie steamboat that sank at the confluence of the river have been moved from an exposed site in West Rome to covered space on General Electric property on Redmond Circle.

The old Esserman’s building, Broad Street, most recently home of the Peach Palace nightclub, has been sold to a pair of local businessmen. Mark Floyd, who owns the building and Rene Fountain, longtime local Bojangle’s owners and a developer of the North Broad Youth Center, have partnered to …

Sykes Enterprises, 25 Legacy Drive, a leader in providing comprehensive inbound customer engagement services to corporations around the globe, celebrated its 40th anniversary September 22.  Employees at the Rome call center celebrated their first anniversary in Rome on Thursday, Sept. 21.

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